My freezer door gets opened multiple times a day. It’s my secret weapon against food waste, food boredom, and, most importantly, ordering takeout when I don’t feel like cooking. A little bit of leftover pesto? Into the freezer it goes to be slathered on puff pastry dough for a savory summer tart. When walking down the freezer aisle at Trader Joe’s, bags of frozen Asian dumplings, broccoli florets, turkey meatballs, and shrimp get thrown into my cart. That way, when dinner needs to happen fast, I’m armed and ready to dish out some tasty meals without a last-minute run to the grocery store.
These five dinner recipes revolve around foods I consider freezer staples. With just a little prep, you too can be enjoying teriyaki meatball bowls, lemon ravioli casserole, shrimp and rice casserole, a summer veggie pesto tart, or a spicy-sour Thai-inspired dumpling soup. Ready to stock and shop your freezer like I do? Let’s go!